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Vol. 1. 


No. G. 


R LsttEP to Ike by FJi^ Gou^in, GEi^tle 

Deak CorsiN Ike:— I read your letter to your 
motlier witli a great deal of saiistaciion. I am glad 
you are sucli a good writer and that you express 
yourself with so much independence. Independence! 
1 likfr- tli;it wuni. (ioii't you? Now I don't care any- 
thing ;iiMiiii viHu I'hilusoiJhical bugaboo, or your 
motlifi s )i!iil-"iSM]i|i\ \.\i motion. 1 don't care wheth- 
er you i;iil If iiiusnihir movement, arm movement, 
coTUbmed uiuvemeut or proliibition movement, it is 
all the same to me. I write with it. Now, dear Ike, 
I like what you said about those letters, I mean 
those letters which have appeared in the different 
penman's papers as specimens of writing. Now I'm 
going to tell you what 1 think about that kind of 
business. We penmen expect to find in penmen's 
papers the highest possible attainments of the pen, 
and not so much of the engraver's skill. It is not 
necessary since the photo process has become such 
an important factor in reproduction and leaves our 
work just as we make it and just as it should be. 

These elegant specimens of engraving may mis- 
lead young penmen and students, and certainly does 
them much less good than a photo engraved copy 
with all the characteristics of the individual's writ- 
ing. They are deceived and think, " AVliat splendid 
writers them fellows be." We old folks can see the 
llolah or Havens sticking right out on all sides. 1 
have no patience with those fellows who undertake 
to show their skill in that way. Take that champion 
letter of Bennett, to Michael, that was paraded 
around the country, (penciled and engraved by Holah) 
the specimens you mentioned and many others, and 
they are but libels on penmanship. I like to see our 
penmen's papers give us genuine penwork, and by 
the best artists, and only once. I don't like so many 
repetitions as some give us. Now, there is the Penr 
man's Art Journal that repeats its pieces every 
three months or about that. Clood paper, we could 
not get along without it, but sometimes I think it 
would be a good thing for Hepubhcans at election 
time— it is such a good repeater. The Westerji fen- 
man is not quite so bad, buL a repeater. I hope the 
1'enman's Art Gazette will never become a re- 
peater. I want to say one woid about the de&igns 
they give us. In reference to the tiourishing, I think 
tliat the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to 
Aiiiinala, should interpose. Seethe poor birds stand- 
ing on their heads, their wings all drawn out of 
sluipe, olie on the side, and the other in front of the 
body, with a tall of one feather, or cut out of a 
ahingle. We Ilnd them in all conceivable positions, 
many of which obtain only in these rude pictures. 
No bird ever had the ability to get herself into such 
shapes. Nor would she if she could, and yet some of 
these designs come from the so-called large yuns. 
The drawings, tuo. are, many of them, inartistic. 
Now Ike. 1 claim that art should copy natvire, and 
whoever saw the light coming naturally from both 
right and left at the same time. Yet we see it rep- 
resented in some of the drawings. A young man 
gave a series of drawing lessons in one of our pen- 
man's papers not long ago, and yave the instruction 
well, but over half his instructions were weak and 
laulty, light coming from both directions. He did 
not practice what he preached. I know, or think I 
do, the difticulty in getting work for reproduction, 
(rood artists have liitle or no time lo devote to the 
making of specimens, while the young and inex 
perienced are always anxious to get into print. So 
it is in the literary field, but those publications 
which bncome popular and meet the demands of the 
lovers of good literature, are the ones who publish 
<uily the gems, even though they must pay well for 

1 think it will be the same with our professional 
papers. The time has come when we demand the 
best that can be had, and the publisher must have a 

waste basket, must be an artist himself, and have the 
judgment and independence to act. 

Well, Ike, this letter is already too long. Pardon 
me for taking so much of your time. 

Give my love to your mother. She is a good moth- 
er, and never forgets her one-a. two-a, tliree-a, four-a, 
one-a, two-a, etc., nine thousand and ninety times. 
Yours truly. 

Gentle Annie. 

of Bu'siness Educators of America was made doubly 
pleasant and profitable by the receipt of one of your 
dear letters dated July 10. 

No matter what ray son may do or say, he will 
always receive the admiration of his dutiful mother 
It is not strange in this wicked, wicked world that 
the offspring should entertain dissenting views even 
of a philosophical character, and if my son sees fit to 
consult his mother, and at times question certain 
mtmementSt no one should object, because the family 
ties, based upon maternal love and affection, will 
neoer be broken, even under the severest tension. 
While every son may be accused of indiscretions, the 
warm heart of a mother, always beats in his defense. 
If my son has said anything, for which he is sorry, 1 
hope he'll forgive me. My son was always a faithful, 
earnest, obedient, affectionate and loving boy and 
while his associations in manhood, and since leaving 
the paternal roof have been aa good as the rest of 
humankind, it is not strange that local temptations 
and usages should have made impressions foreign to 
his earlier instructions and teachings. We are not 
wholly to blame for our condition and position. Bar- 
ring this fact is it not just, prudent aud right that 
due allowance should be made the youth, when infin- 
itesimal departures are reckoned among the possi- 

" Spare the rod and spoil the child " may have been 
applicable in the time 01 its author, but it won't do 
for me or Bob. Ingersoll nor any other first class peo- 
ple. Of course the conditions of blood must deter- 
mine the remedial properties of the rod. For my 
part I never had occasion to test its significance be- 
cause the blood was of virgin purity. Even the 
neighbors acknowledged it. At wasn't possible to be 

Ike's desire to please his mother has been the up- 
permost thought in his mind and though Chili around 
Valparaiso, his ardor has never been cooled. 

Mystery I mystery 1 1 mystery I ! I Mystery en- 
shrouds everything, and if we could compass the 
heighth and depth of anything worihy of attaiment, 
in tlieshoitest possible time, we must secure that as- 
sistance which will accomplish it. For this reason 
the live teacher, who is a " hustler, " will always be 
considered a necessary evil The wisdom of this 
country is not e7^H«Z^;/ distributed, hence some, who 
are older, are supposed to have learned, in some ways 
same thinijH, which the youth would do well to make 
a note of. 1 am also aware that age doesn't always 
bring wisdom, vet tliere are instances easily cited 
that will prove tlie rule. 

The broad assertion that you appeal to that 
which but few posses, viz : propei- Judgment and yood 
st^ise is only surpassed by a more comprehensive one 
that all men are liars. Judgement and good sense 
in one direction is no evidence of like quality in 
another. It may exist in many directions, yet it has 
its limit, even m old age. One may possess the 
judgment and good sense which will unravel and 
comprehend mystery after mystery to the number of 
nine hundred and ninety-nine and that same judg- 
ment and good sense fail when applinl to the thous- 
anth case. If this were noame an e.r/'^r/m'/i/ wniiM 
be an impossibility from the fact that lu-l^tiniit and 
good sense in one direction would almans, ti-'-iiast- 
ingly an evermore serve in another. Il pio|)ei judg- 
ment and good sense 7/wre invariably apiiUed every 
undertaking would yield up its treasures. But as 

there are xaoT^ failures than successes we can readily 
assume that proper judgment and good sense are not 
sometimes most always present you know. Knowledge 
of a few things about penmanship does not imply 
all, nor does it signify an increased possibility unless 
there is willingness to accept known truths. 

How can a person reading something they do not 
understand, fall back upon tneir judgment and good 
sense without an implied weakness and utter defeat 
of the case in point? No sound mind is void of 
judgment and good sense in somethings, but to fall 
back because of a dullness of apprehension in others 
13 not a strengthening process. 

Judgment and good sense of "form" mentally 
conceived will not effect the object practically with- 
out the proper application of movement to form. 
You may study form until you have exhausted aU 
the works of the present and past ages and not be 
able to produce a beautiful result, lou may prac- 
tice movement until your head is gray and it will 
effect nothing within itself. But if you make the 
proper application of movement to form, then the 
results hecoming this 19th century will appear. This 
application not only includes a preparatory motion 
buc embodies the stops aud checks in a letter which 
the proper time indicates. The form of a Uttei- is de- 
termined by THE TIME in ivhich it is produced. The 
highest ideal of form is the result of petftot time in 
execution. Y'ou and I may possess the same mental 
conception of a letter and yet our results be entire- 
lydifferent. Why is this 30?V?yvVyy'r' ?Vy 

The *' Philosophy of Motion " is the action of the 
hand preceding and following the execution of a 
letter. Why is the average "exteruled movement" 
easier of execution than the single letter contained 
in that movement V If this statement is not regarded 
as true, what is the object of their practice. Why is 
a capital " Q" more difficult to execute tlum the ex- 
tended oval exercises VVV 

If I make no motion at all before my pen strikes 
a capitalletter. that production will be very faulty. 
If you admit of any action or motion of the hand 
preparatory to the formation of a letter, then that 
action is definable and therefore becomes scientific. 
If scientific the laws which govern must be under- 
stood else the highest conception of form (as the re- 
sult of movement properly applied) cannot be reach- 
ed. This practically illustrates why we have but 
few penmen of the first water, and why the EN- 
(jUA VER is made to fill an aching void. 

No my son, the philosophy of motion is not a 
myth; it is not an intangible something used to be 
wilder and mystify the unsuspecting youth but is a 
key that unlocks additional secrets which will place 
aspiring penmen upon a higher plane and admit the 
names of other prodigies being placed upon the scroll 
of fame. 

Your judgment and good sense will serve you as 
far as it goes, (for it, has a limit), after that we must 
all on a similar basis rely upon the judgment and 
good sense of others whose knowledge reaches be- 
yond our own. If we are unable to comprehend 
then we cannot i^ise. 

The boy of the city (whose judgment and good 
sense were beyond question) was in error when he 
declared to the green country lad that the ground- 
chunk of a fence was the rail on top. Each may be 
a precocious youth in his place, but an exchange will 
warrant me in reiterating the original statement 
that neither possess the judgment and good sense 
necessary to the situation. 

No one has seen fit to npenly disfuss tho other 
side of the '• Afti.-ii:ular Jin'/uboo" question except by 
a few denials, coupled with simple declarations in 
favor of the name "muscular" movement and 
slight rfeerences to the weakness of argument on the 
other side. To I'almer off in thatstyle isavirtual 
acknowledgment in our favor, yet a display of un- 
willingness to accept the real situation. 

That all the best penmen write with the same 
power who will denyy Then why not recognize 


and acknowledge the fact so that followers may un- 
derstand just what to do. 

That all the best penmen (and poorest too) write 
with the jmiscies no one will deny. 

That liki reitilts demand like powers no one will 
contradict. That the best results are due to the ac- 
tion of the larger and smaller sets of muscles no one 
can deny. 

That the larf;;er set of muscles are located in the 
arm and shoulder no one has denied. 

That the smaller set of muscles (which control 
the lingers) are attached to the fore-aim no one has 

That there are but two sets of muscles assisted 
by the tissue of the forearm employed in any writ- 
ing nr movement no one can disprove. 

That the two sets (and only two) are so "com- 
bined" as to produce the highest available power all 
will accept without cavil. 

That the arm movetneiit (with either movable or 
stationery fore-arm rest) is applicable as a name 
when (he fingers do not assist in formation, no one 
has seen fit to prove to the contrary. 

That the harmonious union of these two sets of 
muscles is best expressed b? the word " rombined" 
no one questions except those who cannot be con- 
vinced against their will. 

1 want a name that means something and so long 
as muscular doesn't mean anything dehnite 1 don't 
want it. Its advocates herald it as a kind of super- 
natural power with a halo around it indescribably 
grand. Its supporters are at variance; its seeming 
projectors are indefinite as to its limitations, and be- 
cause of these and other just reasons enumerated in 
other articles am 1 justified in renouncing a vague 

The sons of the .Jones'. Smiths', and Browns' write 
with great regulaiity and promptitude. Don't, my 
dear boy. don t! allow your mother to go down with 
gray hairs in sorrow to the grave without a kindly 
letter every month. Remember, when you and 1 
were young and lived in the old log cabin near the 
lane, and you used to sit with your heeh against the 
jamb, above your head, and read to me out of the 
la-tt year's almanac, that I warned you in that posi- 
tion your brains would all run lo your heady Ilave 
you forgotten it? I trust not. I shall love you on, 
and on, and on. even though you are so near Chicago 
where boodlers escape. 

In all your wanderings don't forget your mother, 
>our dear, delectable, delightful, darling mother. 
She thinks of you with love, hope and joy, knowing 
full well that as the years roll on you will never tar 
nish the name. 

Trusting that all past promises will be dear to 
your memory, and Hint your career will always be 
one of unalloyed usefulness, I remain as ever, 
Vour alfectionate and only mother, 


R 5EPiE3 oT LES3ons in Plair; Writing, 

II. J. Putman, of Minneapolis. Minn., and W. J 
Kinsley, Shenandoah. Iowa, have published a seriet 
of lessons in plain writing which should be in the 
hands of every student of penmanship, as well »t 
in the collection of every tenman in the United 

For years cheap compendiums have Hooded the 
markets, and have been extensively advertit^ed and 
sold this country over, but a well graded series of les- 
sons, as the one above mentioned, has not been offered 
the public nor published forsHle. 

^^ "■ ' ' ~ ery reader of The C.vzette to 

cdiately on readmg this, and 
iiieiraaverusemeni winch apjiears elsewhere. 

It is not published in book form, but it contains 
seventeen elegantly engraved slips, printed on heavy 
plate paper, and a book of instructions to accompany 
them. The copies given do not abound in a variety 
of fol de rol cjpitals, etc.. but are systematic, plain 
and in keeping with the demands lor the attainment 
of a good, plain style of writing. 

The plates were engraved by J. T. Ilolah, one of 
the finest engravers m the country, consequently 
nothing cheap and trashy enters into the make-un 
of the slips. ^ 

We hope they will be adopted by teachers travel- 
ing about the country, and that the sale.s of tlie same 
may exceed the sales of all cheap compendiums. 

send for a copy i 

iricted or limited 

e f'udeavor to teach penmanship we have for 
a basis set forms and accepted theories. 

Ergrossingis decidedly arbitrary. A teacher of 
engrossing is limited lo only his own capacity and 
tistic appreciation. 

We see here. then, a wide field for an extension of 
iginality, or rather old forms in a new dress; and 
■rily the opportunity is greedily grasped by the 
nbryo artist, and fearfully and wonderfully origi- 
il are the results of his grand bursts of Dore like 

Originality is unquestionably a virtue. Some vir- 
tues are inborn, others are acquired. 

Originality in engrossing, when it is productive 
of harmonious results, is generally acquired — ac- 
lired by a careful study of the work of recognized 
lists long in the field. 

A critical eye, keenly alive to artistic grouping, 
on possesses' itself of the secret of tasteful pen 

To beginners I would heartily recommend 
"Ames' Compendium of Practical and Artistic 
Penmanship" as the best work of this kind extant. 
It has been of inestimable value to me in my work. 
Harmonious distribution of light and shade is of 
primary importance. 

It is here suggested that alternate lines of light 
and dark effect be preserved in a design. 

Display lines should be intersected by several 
les of plain work. 

One of the most valuable hints I ever feceiveil 
js from Mr. Ames, of New York, when he re- 
al ked tersely : " All displav is no display." 
It is dithcut to treat a subject with justice that is 
thoroughly arbitrary in its character. To a great 
.tent we must rely upon our instincts, and what 
constitutes good taste, in the make-up and arrange- 
ment of our work. 

As it necessitates in most things a number of dif- 
ferent parts to make one perfect whole, I would em- 
phaticallv state to the ambitious youth struggling to 
attain celebrity in that branch of art, that up to a 
certain point he is dependent, or should be, upon 
the ideas of artists long in the field. 

After he has absorbed the beauties of each indi- 
vidual work, then, if ever, will emerge from thi 
close application, an originality of his own, the ri 
suit of his own ductions. 

If this is originality, in the pure acceptalion of 
the word, then make the most of it. 

" There is nothing new under the sun." 
There are always an unfortunate few, deluded in 
the belief of their own powers of original produc- 
tion, when if the truth were known, every labored 
and studied arrangement of form, is the direct re- 
sult of an unconscious absorbtion from outside 

The superior artist in any branch is recognizable 
bv bis readiness to accept and acquire, irrespective 
of the fountain head. 

Now, without having fully entered into my sub- 
ject. I feel myself exceeding the space allotted to me 

Regarding the art of ananeement, the depart 
mentcalled engraving is dilficult of treatment, with- 
out an extended series of le.ssons, accompanied by 
elaborate illustrations; and then, instead of being 
exposition or any theoretic system, it must be si___ 
ply a presentment of ideas, peculiar and character 

i'>ic of { 

i individual, the author. 

stays at home and looks after the chickens, etc. Now 
riling to him she says her penmanship is miser- 
able; she wants to know how to improve it so that it 
will not look so terribly poor; she says she practices 
enough, but when writing a love letter she fails to 
rile near as good, so she wants to know if penman- 
lip can be practiced in love letters. That is wliat 
embarrasses the liachelorEditorof theUAZETTE. He 
never wrote a love letter, consequently cannot 
answer that question, but our friend, Scarboiough, 
may be better able to grapple with that absorbing 
question, whether one can |)raclice "peiimaDsbip in 
love letters." Whew! what will they ask us to answer 
our next. Perhaps some miss will want to know 
we can't write her a model love letter. 

A. J. Y.. Brownesville. Ind.— Why did we atlix the 
ime Jim, the penman to our photograph. Well, 
the first place we did not have the cheek to pi.t 
our name in bold, black type on the first page, and 
in the second place, we are getting notorious as 
Jim, the penman, ever since M mager Sharpe. of Mc- 
Vicker's theatre applied that title in preference to 
remembering or calling us by our own name, besides, 
everybody can spell Jim, thept-nuian, bnt 1*9 out of 
a 100, in writing to us make it Vogal, Vogle. Bogle, 
Wogal, and other curious QopaVs, so we didn't mind 
the name. Jim. the penman. For the benefit of those 
who don't know, we wish to say that, Jim, tlie pen- 
man, is the title of one of the most popular plays pro- 
duced last season, it was first produced at MeVick- 
er's theatre, in ('hicago. whereit ran six weeks, when 
it was taken to New York, where it ran all through 
la^t season and brought to Chicago again. This sum- 
mer it ran success. ully, crowding the theatre every 
night fnr three weeks. We do not desire to become 
another Jim. the penm-m, but that is how we got the 
name. Manager Sharpe, not only gave us a new 
name, but he furnishes us with the passes at Mc- 
Vicker's, so we forgave liim ere this. 


PJint3 on Sr^gpos^ing. 

BY .1 


To dish up an exhaustive treatise on the mediaeval 
of engrossing, or to describe minutely the 
pert manner in which the ancient Egyptians en- 
nfisfd their fanriful and artistic ideas upon pyra- 
ids iiiid nljelisi;s would, to some, seem the proper 
Hint 1 111 will, ii to introduce this subject; but as 
\ 111. 111. n\ 1, ill- to retain any ideas, grasped at the 
ri'iii to uhicii I refer, I must sorrowfully refrain. 

Resides, my language would necessarily be full of 

clined brethren, 

Therefore will I reluctantly resign this grand op- 
portunity to display my proficiency in classic lore. 


has been placed on 
exhibition, and he killed two innocent girls at sight. 
Send on some more, we'll clean out the city by-and- 

H. ('. D., Altoona, Pa.— He says the Gazette is a 
fine paper, but he can'i afford lo keep it, and he thinks 
it is a shame to accept a thing and not pay for it. So 
he begs us to leave him off the list in the future. 

Here is another one, A. CO., Craighlll, W. T., writes 
to us: How much can a man make by publishing a 
penman's paper? I note you are going on a vacation, 
and if you have made enough to go on a vacation in 
so short a time, 1 may go into the business myself. 
That's right if you want to go into the business and 
have a thousand to spare, we will let her go Mctlari- 
gle. You can have our paper as she is, and next 
vear you will go on a vacation just as well as we did. 
You will have to go, if you don t want to die reading 
such letters, and mailing sample copie.s and looking 

■ in for postal notes, etc. Y ''- ^''- " 

;y in the business, we are a 
i and take it off our hands. 

K. M. B.. A. S. Village, Mn.-We are asked a ques 
tion by a bashful young lady, which to answer in a 
paper like the Gazette is embarrassing to an ex- 
treme; she says she is in love with the Champion 
Ink Slinger of the county ; his birds and beasts and 
his bounding stag cannot be equaled for miles 
around, she says he travels about the country, and 
consequently they are separated a good deal, as she 

The Writing Teacher just got in. A new heading, 
finer press work, and a cover. She looks well. Bro. 
W^ilUamson is going it lively, 

The Western. Peiiman for August is as always up to 
the standard, and Bro. Palmer certainly never tails 
to give his subscribers their money back in every 
number he publishes. 

The Penman's Art Jovmal, the oldest and best of 
our penman's periodicals, presents the portrait and 
autograph letter of our friend Shaylor in the August 
number. It also contains reports of the conventions 
and other interesting reading matter. 

The Magazine for August and September is noth- 
ing small, for it contains over oo paiies of reading 
matter. Col. Soule's portuut craces the first page, 
followed by a biogiaiihy. interesting articles by 
Latta. Anderson, Packard and others, a report of the 
li. E. Convention, accompaiiitd by cuts of the more 
prominent members, written in a .style wholly in- 
dicative of Bro. Jack's originality in handling any 

Till- frii All III raid is announced to appear under 
ihe eiliioiiiil iiNiiiagement of W. D. Showalter. at 
Cle\ eUiiii. ( till.). .September 10. 1S87. He says it has 
bieii liiuly .li-.nivered that there is a demand for a 
penmiiLMl wliiLli shall delve into the undiscovered 
beauties of chimgiaphic thought; which, while re- 
taining the attractive juurnalistic and art features 
of other joiiru;il.s. will add new vigor of expression, 
and that shall introduce the common matters which 
have a bearing upon our daily work in more fas- 
cinating literary drapery than they have hitherto 
been presented ; that shall at once possess the quali- 
ties of a veritable art inauntt and an idea mirror. 
Such a journal The Pen Art Herald has been de- 
signed to be, and it will be, no doubt, as Bro. Sho- 
walter has the al)ility to carry it to a successful issue 
if he can get enough support. We wish for him the 
he so well deserves. 

Among the other periodicals on our exchange list 
are the Ti/petin-ite7- Operator, published at Boston, 
Mass.; Ii">}itst^r Vovtmertnal Revitw, Rochester. N.. 
Y,; '. '/ r /",'///<>»," published by Price & Good- 
III II ■ ri'un.; the Ohio Business College 

/,' I : I, Ohio; the Grand Island College 

i:>.. ' >■. nil Ni;irid, Nebraska; the Commercial 
fun.n!., Inrl.: tlie K"risf>^ Hilsiness 
i<;<///«/^•y. Efiipniia. Kits,: 1 ,;, u . .■...., ,v 
n,:-srnll.'i. Jiuin.ol. Miillas, |. 

?)o/. L\oris. Inwa; (^'iiiada Hn-., .. ,- ■ i.nrnal, 

(Miiitliaiii. Out: I>n>r\ Jiu.^n,.^- '•■:h-i. Jn„rnal, 
Elgin. III.; CVjmmm-ta/^'Awwtr, AVinnna. Minn.; Dev- 
Wis C'lUeije Jmirnal, Jackson, Mich.; Dollars and 
Sense, Dixon, 111.: thePractical J'Jdncator, Oskaloosa, 
Iowa; the American and Church Union, New York 

The design on page SO was executed by Prof. J. W. 
Harkins, of Curtis' Business College, Minneapolis, 


A penman who has taught many people penman- 
ship is Prof. I. S. Treston, of Brooklyn. 25. Y. He has 
travelled all over the country and is a genuine old- 
liiiHT. lie has excellent methods of advertising, and 
IS a hard worker. Preston is o!ie of the most liberHl 
nt men, and has always been willing to help young 
scribes along. 
Wiesehahn, of St. Louis, writes a most iieculiarly 
riRinal hand. His off-hand work being very strong. 

several assistants. "Wilson is one of Kibbe's Can it be possible that our "bright lights" have 
lltfca.'^Iew York, graduates, and thinks a great deal I higher aim than to fight over the power used 

Collectors of penmanship always prize A. P. Root's 
letters. There is a delicacy of touch in his writing 
not seen in any one else's writing. Hoot is very bnsy 
now-a-dava, liaving complete charge of that departs 
ment in IJryanfs Business College, enough work for 
two penmen at the least. 

i farming, but 
„ t magnificent 
Kxjierts claim his pen drawings have^^a force and ' style. In winter he organizes classes in neighboring 
grandeur equal to anything of the kind ever execu- towns. He contemplates making a specialty of it if 
led. The kindly German is the only pen artist who he don't do better farming next year. Well, the pub- 
will attempt bold oflf-hand writing in specimens of lie want men of your ability. Reynolds, and if you 
display penmanship, such as resolutions, memorials, , will work half as hard as jou do now, success awaits 
etc, and he never seems to make a miss. I you. 

Smith, of Hart- 
ford. Conn., 
is teacher 
writing in 
public schools 
was an extraor- 
dinary penman 
before he was 
j8 years old. I 

him at that 
period which 
we would call 
perfect. He is 
quite an author- 
ity on penniini- 
ship. altliougli 
at pres 
makes n 
to be on 

Did you c 
seeW. E Den- 
nis nourish? 1 
doubt if J no. D. 

got such control 
of curves au<I 
parallel lines as 
t h i 

Hampshire boy. 
Dennis is not 
only a good 
rtourisher. but 
is a good pen 
artist. He is 
one of the bei^t 
teachers oi 
practical writ- 
ing who ever 
took a crayon in 
hand to place a 
copy on the 
board. His pen- 
manship is so 
very near like 
Gaskell's that it 
is very ditlicult 
to distinguish 
between them. 
Madorasz, o f 
New York, has 
a cherub on 
which he la- 
bored for nearlv 
six months, and 
he considers it 
the best thing 
Dennis has ever 
done in the line 
of pen drawing. 
Mr. Dennis is 
liked by every 
one who is ac- 
quainted with ^ 
him. and is poijular among the students. He is of a 
retiring disposition, but has been working hard, very 
hard, to raise a mustache for six yeurs. 

Mr. S. S. Packard, of New York City, who is at the 
head of a model business school is a business writer 
of strong calibre. For thirty years or more liis pen- 
manship has not varied, and no matter wliether he 
writes one line era hundred pages a is the same 
neat and compact. Mr. Packard is the life of the 
business Education Convention ever^ time. Those 




.^.. ^c-w 

mmrn iPSLVhMmimsim^SL 


in the habit of attending these gatherings 
glad to see him take an active part. 

Away up in Saco. Sle., is C. E. Simpson, assistant 
postmaster, a young scribe who could become one of 
the lights in the profession if he were a mind to 
make penmanship his busines-*. He teaches in a 
school an hour or two a day, and is turning out good 
writers in short order. ** 

W. D. Showalter, of West Union. ■« 

Slates moving to Cleveland. Obi", 
irection of a stock company couiimi 
starting a penman's paper called i'. 
Showalter has ability, and it the stuck 
expect too big returns and shut him up too (piick he 
will give us a good paper. 

The Amateur's Qazttte, by L. H. Hanson, Fort 
Scott, Kansas, is another plan. 

Madarasz, of New York, is thinking of getting out 
a quarterly, devoted to penmanship and gossip. He 
prtimises some good things and will try it a year any- 
how if the first number ever gets out. 


Ike uses muscular and his mother uses movement. 
Wherein lies the difference? Doth use the same 
power, therefore, they both use muscular and both 
use movement. This wasting brain on such trilles is 
folly when we have far more mighty measures on 
which to bestow all the ability we possess. 

I am heartily in favor of the idea expressed by the 
Gazette to hold the next meeting of the Penman's 
Association at the time and place of meeting deter- 
mined upon by the National Teacher's Association. 

1 think much good would come of it. 

At least we could press our claim for recognition, 
and could undoubtedly determine the utility of the 
present system employed by public instructors. 

The people at large are very indifferent regarding 
the teaching of our art, and before there can be any 

one body and 
demand the ex- 
pulsion of the 
copy books from 
the public 
schools, and the 
substitution of 
the live ener- 
getic teacher in 
their place. 

It is passing 
strange tnat the 
most important 
branch of edu- 
cation should be 
neglected at the 
instigation of a 
few publishing 

There is not a 
city in the 
United States 
of 10,000 inhabi- 
tants that can- 
not afford a 
special teacher 
of penmanship 
at a fair remun- 
erative salary. 

Iier and thus 
art would 
crowded to 
the prominent 
position it 
should occupy. 
With an issue 
ike this before 

their steel. 

l^ours for 
Frisco., 1S88. E. 
A. Mcpherson, 
Cortland. N. Y., 
Aug. 2U, 1887. 


The office of 
the Penman's 
AiiT Gazette 
has been re- 
moved from 
McVicker's big. 
to Temple Ct, 

Temple Court 
is one of the 
contem- 1 finest office building in the city. It is located at 225 
the I Dearborn street, opposite the Postoffice, within two 
squares of our former location. We will be at home 
for our visiting brother Knights alwavs from S a. m. 
uy duu't to P. M. Give us a call when in the city, or on pass- 
ng through. 

FnoYEiTjEijl V3. TOugEular. 

1 I' n'M„ c r^i ■ , I Ike and his mother are having quite a controversy 

hiuinJ.l,??^? t'^f'"^"^"' ■''°^! * ''^'■yJ^Se card regarding the atnes3 of things in general, and 
ousiness m the hotels, running two stands and em- 1 "movement and muscular" in particular. 


Our thanks are due to Prof. F. W. II. Wiesehahn, 
of St. Louis, Mo., for many kind favors shown us on 
our visit to St. Louis. We were shown a set of reso- 
lutions executed by him fertile employes of Seriigga, 
Vandervoort it Barney, which was as handsome a 
piece of work as we ever beheld. 

F. C. Kappesser, the last one of the South St. Louis 
liachelor's ("lub, (minus the editor), was united in 
marriage to Miss I'auline Fath, of that city, on the 
24th day of August, 18S7. Good-bye, Bach. 

PEnman'3 R^i GazEtte. 

Editor and .Proprietor. 

liTwo Premliima 60centa per lear. 

?_ voGEL Toniple Court, Chicago, 111. 

t. oBer onr reodPra two prpmiiiina One "The ProCTefle of St 
a," aa3x38-incli Engraving, containing forty-flve Ulustrations 

9, with both PremiuuiB. 

, Edition PrintiT 


Lcller to Ike, by hl8 Consin Annie 

A Letter from Mrs. Partington to her Son . , 

A Sorloeor Leeeon* In Plain Wrliing 

HintMOD EDgLosainE— Jaa. W. Harkine 

AcewerH to Correapondeota and Exchangee 

SiinibB-X, T. Z 

Movement vs. Ulusculnr 


Arc wo Making any Advancement— EJitMi u 
A Word to the Boya— Editorial 

Writing in Public Schoola— J. A. Young . . 

Biogmpby— A. J. Bcarhorongh 

Lcttera Received 

College Notea 


Deeign— Jas. W. HarliinB 

Deelgn— "Jim," Ihi Penman 

EngroHBiiig-H- P. Vogol 

Portrait— Scarborough 

iniblic schools of St. Louis: We well remember how 
I'ere taught iuid drilhd in the art of writing, 
remember that we were told how to hold the 
pen, etc. We also remeniber that if we wrote a line 
or a page in one-half the time allotted to us, we were 
censured for writing too fHst. We were told to write 
slow and make it as near perfect as tlie copy. We also 
remember that if ever the teacher ventured to make 
a correction in our books, she was cupfible of talking 
about what ouglit to be done, but as for herself she 
failed to be equal to the occasion and many was the 
" ne we boys would come together and wonder whv it 
IS teacher could not write near as good as the copies 
... the book ; and is it to be wondered at that the boys 
often put the writing lesson down for the most labo- 
rious of our school duties, and why? Because the 
teacher did not take enough interest in the study, it 
seemed, to keep up the interest in the class. Many 
boys, seeing the teacher's inability and deficiency in 
that branch, jump to the conclusion that what the 
teacher cannot do they will never master. If the 
teacher is as wideawake and as persistent in teach- 
ing penmanship, and combines practice with intelli- 
gent instruction, and if the teachers would look to 
the acquirement of a speed and style of writing 
which could be used in all studies, would not the re- 
sults be better than those gained by writing a half 
hour everv day slowly drawing out the letters, and 
the rest of the day spent in scratching away at a go- 
as-you-please speed. We ask. could not, with the 
proper application of movement to form, speed with 
accuracy, better results be obtained in the advanced 
classes than the results as shown at the exhibition by 
pupils of the high schools? 

het us not blame the copy books entirely, nor the 
teacher for that matter; let us investigate thorough- 
ly. We think the best results can be brought about 
by employing a superintendent of writing in every 
city in the United States, and where they cannot af- 
ford one, the services of a competent penman could 
be secured for a limited time to instruct the teachers 
how to tench penmmiship. That the majority lack 
that abilitv no will palliate or deny, and that must 
he the first step towards obtaining better results. 
We will say more anon. 

Hpe We FUaking Hny HdvanGEmEnt? 

Of course we are, some will say. Can a man o 
sound common sense ask such a question? Look 
around and about us, and if you have eyes to see^ 
ears to bear, you cannot fail to become cognizant of 
the fact that we are living in an age of advancement. 
But, kind reader, one moment, we, as a class of pro- 
fessional penmen, do not look so much into the ad- 
vancement in science or mechanics as we do into the 
progress made in our art. And there is where _ 
would apply ihat question. Aside from the increase 
of a few professional penman, do we see as equal 
large per centage of good writers all over the cou 
try at large? Are we now instructing the rising gen- 
eration in such a manner as to have no earthly 
doubt of the ability of every student in our public 
schools to write as well in comparison as they mas- 
ter the other branches of their study? What is the 
answer V AVere we to take the specimens of penmau- 
ship here, from various parts of this country, during 
tlieN. E. Convention, asacriterion to judge by, what 
would our answer be? It would be that with all our 
perfect copy-books, and in spite of the loud claims 
made by one system over another, we fail to see any 
gratifying results. And why is it thus? Can we 
have more perfect copy books than we have at the 

Present time? No; but then what is the matter? 
n the first place, tlie copy book is so perfect that to 
desire any improvement in that respect is to expect 
a perfect thing to be made imperfect. N<»w if the 
copy books are all right. I don't see why this grum- 
bling and kicking is going on, some unconcerned ob- 
server may say. It is going on for two reasuns. In 
the first place, because the copy books fail to fill 
their mission. In the second, because the general 
public don't take the trouble to investigate. We 
wish to say a few words from our experience in the 

R Word to the Boy?. 

Are ynn striving to accomplish anything in this 
world? Have voii any ambition? Are you a hard 
worker or wmild you rather see somebody do your 
work for you? Are you keeping good company? 
Such and many more questions should be ever be- 
fore the youth who would aspire to any prominence 
in this great country of ours. AVe cannot all become 
presidents, nor congressmen, nor capitalists; but 
can one and all fill a position in life, in whatever 
avocation it be, that will be well worthy of the emula- 
tion of the coming generation in the various branch- 
es with which we are identified. To do this, 
must aim high; it matters notif we never succeed 
scaling to the top of the ladder; but if you have 
come to a height beyond which your powers fail to 
carry you. then it is when you can say, well done, 
weary liody and mind, let some other being more ca- 
pable of ioing it continue what you have completed 
to the best of your ability. If your aim is not too 
high: if in whatever avocation of life you choose, 
vou do not see reality in idealism; if you do not seek 
for gold where there is nothing but glory; if you are 
content'd with what you find or achieve, make the 
best of your position, then you will have consci- 
entiously acquitted yourself of your duty to man- 
kind and are justly entitled to hold a place as honor- 
able and respectable and as worthy of the considera- 
tion of your fellow citizens as if you filled the 
presidential chair. But that young man who co 
tents himself with learning a trade or acquiring 
little knowledge just because it is necessary to make 
a living; that young man who looks not forward, 
but who lives for the pleasures of the moment, who 
will spend a dollar as quick as he earns it, wlio 
would rather spend a night with the boys paint- 
ing the town red than to devote it to study or the 
acquirement of additional knowledge by attending 
a college or any educational institution; that young 
man that knows all he wants to know in this world 
and is so smart that if he is asked why he would 
rather be out on the street than studying, feels in- 
sulted at the monstrosity of considering him capable 
of committing such a follv, that young man will l)e 
a fit candidate for the poor house by and by. He will 
help a saloon keeper buy his wife a silk dress every 
now and then, while he will go in rags. He is bound 
to cut such a sphere in life that when age overtfikes 
him he will look buck to the days gone by and 
cry pityingly: "Oh, give me my days of youth 
again; give me a chance to live ray life over again" 
Oil, but for the foolishnesi, for the impetuousoess o 
those days, when to-morrow had no significance for 
me! ' Such will be the end of that career. It will 
be spent in misery and sorrow. Ilemember, young 
man, it is for you to choose the one or the other. 
If you would be happy, then makeup your mind vou 
are going to do something; never rest, never atop, 
and if it takes you a life-time and you are no nearer 
to the desired end than when you" began, keep on, 
keep your duty ever before you, beware of bad com- 
panions, and when your life*s work is finished, it will 
be said, '* AVell done, humble servant.'' 

il\lE OniEE ol tt]E PEnma'i^^ Hrt GazEtte. 

The office of The Penman's Art Gazette i 
best place in the country for penwork and pen draw- 
ings for photo engraving. 

Portraits are made a specialty and we have the 
assistance of a noted artist, formerly employed with 
the Moss Engraving Company. We can guarantee 
fine work and entire satisfaction. 

Buildings, illustrations for books, catalogues, etc., 
are executed by us in a manner equal to the best 
wood engraving, at a resonable price. 

Engrossing of resolutions, testimonials, designs for 
college diplomas, certificates, rewards of merit, etc., 
executed to suit our customers at reasonable rates. 
Address, H. F. Vogel, 

Temple Court, Chicago. 


Bro. Isaacs has opened up hostilities and now tlie 
time has come when an exposure of the .deception 
practiced in our leading penman's paper of to-day 
has been brought on by an article published in that 
journal headed "Issacs on the War Path." Isaacs 
has done for us what we would have done ere this 
had we a few more gray hairs on our head, and a 
few more years of experience on our shoulders, but 
though we are young we have grown wise enough to 
become disgusted with the amount of humbuggery 
and fraud that has been practiced, and indulged in 
for years with the sanction of some of our leading 
knights of the quill, in fact, with a coercion of some 
of our most prominent penmen. The amount of 
finely written letters that have appeared in the Pen- 
man's Art Journal are, as Bro. Ames say in an edi- 
torial comment on Isaacs' article the finest letters 
that have ever appeared in the world, but that does 
not go to prove that since the Engravtr tias made 
such a perfect gem of some of tlm writing, that the 
penmen mentioned are the finest in the world. 

Not only were those iiue letters never equalled by 
the parties mentioned, but the Art Journal, has from 
time CO time printed specimens of engraving,— not 
writing, and palmed it off as writing. We will call 
the attention of Prof. Isaacs and others interested to 
a few of the following cuts: 

Page 7. January, 1886, number Penman's Art Jour- 
nal, you will note at bottom of illustration, the above 
cut was photo- engraved from copy written with the 
forearm movement, etc.. etc. 

On page 37. March, 1SS6, P. A. J., under first illus- 
tration, the above was photo-engraved from copy 
WRiTTiiN at the oilice of the Journal, etc. 

Second illustration, the above was photo-engraved 
from writing, executed at the office of the Journal. 

On page 109, August, 1886, P. A. J., under specimen 
it reads, the above cut was photo-engraved from 
copy nyntten at the office of the Jotirnal. 

Now, will Bro. Ames be kind enough to send us 
one or two of those written copies lor in.ynctian. We 
Govs try our best but we can't equal it, and we want 
to know who does that fine writing, so that we can 
do him the honor which is due to him. Can Mr. D. 
T. Ames write such a copy? can Mr. Kelly or Mr. 
llollinson? Whoever is employed to do it let us 
know his or her name. Honor where honor is due. 
Must we who are living in an age of enlightenment 
and advancement, keep the secret of line writing a 
mystery? If it can be done let us see it. if not. then 
the sooner we banish the finest engraved letters in 
the world for the finest plioto-engraved letters in the 
world the better. Gaskell's compendium was full of 
faults, but one thing is due it and the author, and 
that will live and live on forever, there was a free- 
dom and a certain touch in all of his work, that spoke 
of a natural production as itflows from tlie pen. Not 
the systematic, penciled, perfect, but stiff and seem- 
ingly lifeless forms produced at the point of an en- 
graver's 4jurin. The copies could have been more 
systematic, more in keeping with a certain standard; 
but they couhl imt look more inviting, more natural, 
and what \v;i.s .Usirable, be productive of the proper 
ins|tii,itiMii ; ii a -tinleiitcan get near enough to make 
hiswMiiv 1m, ii, :i little like the copy before him, he 
feels, hr ...-.Hill item be done with propertrain- 
iiiL' I :' . ! . M r- w'li' is ^^o perfect and so far from 
;ii)\ I I ' i •■' *' iii'jr equaled.disgust creeps 

in.iiiii , I M. how it isdone. We have 

rei' ' : ' ■! : ■'. i . n-ntly from boys iisking 
us 111 A III!-. Ml I li it - iiiif. They are mystified and 
for what? to keep up Die reputation of a few of the 
favorites, the others wonder and gaze upon the work 
of the kings of pen art, which is the work of great 

Writing ir; Public BEhoolg. 


There wsis m time in the history of our public 
schools when " Uearling. 'Kiting Jind 'lUthmetic" 
wf re the most essential branches taught. Their im- 
portance suggested the order in which they were 
uaraed. Writing came second to that of reading; or 
rather it was considered more necessary than arith- 

to the common school course. Moreattention is now 
given to geography, grammar, history and other 
branches, besides reading and arithmetic, tlian to 

2. So many technicalities have been introduced in 
connection with teacliing writing that many instruc- 
tors do not feel competent to teach it "systematic- 
ally;" or at least they easily persuade themselves 
that they cannot do so, and therefore take no inter- 
est in it. 

Our educational journals do not give writing 

which they.naturally retain, in* opposition to the best 
instruction they may subseiiuently receive. 

5. After having learned the correct forms of let- 
ters, pupils are permitted to do careless work, with 
pen and pencil, in language lessons, spelling, exam- 
ination and other written exercises, which vitiate all 
of the good practice they may have had in writing 

It is much easier to point out some of the difficul- 
ties in the way of learning to write, than to satis- 
factorily show how they can be avoided or reme. 

TT77TH!:ir/!mwnim-NH»i': mni.irrhn!; 'Tn .^iMJISlk. 

The above is photo-engraved from an original pen and ink drawing, size 22x 28 inches, executed at our office. We engross resolutions, testimonials, diplo- 
ts, etc., in the highest style of the art. Send copy fur estimate. Prices to suit our customers. 

A gradual but yet a very perceptible change lias 
taken place in regard to this matter. It is affirmed 
by those who know the facts as they exist, that the 
average results obtained fjom teacning writing in 
our common schools are not commensurate to the 
facilities which we now possess. Why should it be 
said that " We are a nation of poor writers?" Many 
ol)staele3 which impede our progress in this direc- 
tion mifiht be named, but the following are ouvious: 

1. As a branch of study, writing lias become more 
and more neglected as other studies have been added 

proper attention. Many other subjects of minor im- 
portance are elaborately discussed, but penmanship 
is almost, if not entirely, overlooked. There are 
many periodicals which are specially devoted to this 
branch, but very few teachers in our public schools 
peruse them. 

4. Pupils are compelled todo a great deal of work 
which requires the use of tlie pen and pencil before 
they have been taught the exact forms of letters, and 
thus they "pick up" an uneducated hand-writing 

died. The disease, in various forms, has become so 
chronic that it is almost impossible to tlnd an effectual 

The obligations of school officers ought to bind 
them so far as to s^e that children receive proper ed- 
ucation in the most practical and useful branches. 
They should require the teachers whom they employ 
to faithfully perform their duties in this particular. 

Teachers should feel that their duties are not 
properly executed if they do not teach their pupils 

(t'outiniiutl on ])uge,4S.} 


engravers. When we returned from Milwaukee in 
company with Prof. Pierce, and Mr. J. T. A. Ilolah, 
the script engraver of Cleveland, Ohio, we had an 
argument with Mv. Holah and he never attempted 
to disprove it, viz: that nine-tenth* of the copies 
si-nttu him for engraving bore no reseniblanoe tuhis 
engraving. We will stand by that assertion to-day. 
Ml-. IJeiinett, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Clark and others have 
become great penmen through Mr. Holali. It fills 
us with disgust to note how much deception is being 
piaciiced. But the time lias come when live teach- 
ers will tell their studeats how those fine letters are 
written, and when copies engraved will be branded 
engraved, and those photo-engraved will be photo- 
engravings. Another letter we would ask on 
bruther Knights to look up is the letter of Farlev 
in February. IHSQ number, and compare with ilie 
March, 1887, P. A J. Observe she variation in style 
slant and uniformity of lines, words and principles 
Open your eyes and see for yourself, how much de 


i and has been practiced. 

ous, etc. But that is not the case, honor where 
hi>nor is due, and no man ever gives cheerfully the 
dues becoming to another as we do, but we do want 
this humbug and mystery cleared away for our be- 

Let them not continue to call for jnore light with- 
out any response from electric sources. If'electiicy 
cannot PtCTce the darkness, then the wings of this 
bird will carry light where darkness was. Isaacs 
^ets the medal. AVe expect more light however. We 
can probably get some able man to speak on this sub- 

.. _„* Tr..,.:i *u__ ;.. ^ij. ^^^^ Terdict of 

Writing in Public Schools. 

what they -expect to pnl intu )M;Hiice in afterlife. 
They should realize the i-.kA liiin it they witlihold 
such instruction, after li;t\ iiiL,' 1, ceil t-mptoyed to im- 
part it, they are defrauding Ujfcir pupils and disre- 
garding the law whicli provides loi public educa- 
tion. There is not more tlian one teacher in a liun- 
dred. of the present day. who is faithful to his or her 
trust in the matter of teaching writing. 

In order to procure good results in penmanship, 
childi>n should not be permitted to do work in any 
regular written exercise before they have received 
proper instruction in regard to holding the pen and 
the formation uf letters. In all written exercises, no 
work should be done that cannot be acknowledged 
as the pupil's very best eflforts. It is very difficult to 
obviate bad habits which have been acquired in the 
use of language, but in writing it is almost impossi- 
ble to havechildrcQ "unlearn what they liavelearned 

In the June number of the Penman's Art Ga- 
/.ETTK. a distinguished correspondent claims that the 
copy-book system of to-day is largely responsible for 
the production of inferior writeiH.' It is tnie that 
when written copies are before the pupil he readilv 
adopts the motto, " What another person has done I 
can do;" but when he is required to imitate the ar- 
tistic copies in the writing book he naturally claims 
that '■ Wliat the engraver has done I camiot do, nnd 
it's no use trying." Notwithstanding all this, the 
difficulty is not the me but the abits*: of the copy- 
book. If the best text-book extant, nn any subject 
is put into the pupil's hand it will not produce 
satisfactory results unless it is accompanied by 
proper teaching. So long as teachers take it for 
granted tliat copy-books are perfect and that it is 
only necessary to place them before their pupils and 
merely request them to " follow the copy." without 
giving any instruction whatever, bad writers will be 
the natural consequence. A good teacher of writing 
can get along without engrossed copies, and a good 
instructor in any branch can succeed without a text- 
book, but writing-books and text-books may be so 
used as to be an aid rather than a hindrance 

LettEFg ReEEived 


G. H. Jones. Rochester, N. Y., says he considers the 
last number fully worth the subscription price on 
account of the timely report of the conventions.' 

J- L. Faulkner, Ivrioxville.Tenn.. writes an elegant 

N M Carkhi.ff, in a fine businc-^s letter asks if we 
think he will ever become a penman. We say, yes, 
under all circumstances. 

E M. Iluntsinger. N. Y.. sends some of his elegant 
writing and encloses subscription. 

(;. li. Land, San Francisco, Cal., says the Gazette 
is immense. 

W. S. Graham, Ilyron. Neb., endorses the stand we 
take on the copy book question. 

J. G. Anderson. Falcon. Tenn., sends us a complete 
monogram of the 2ii capital letters. See bis adv\ 

A. J. Smith. Anaraosa, Iowa, says the August 
number captured him. " 

H. J. Williamson, yells 'rah for the Gazette way 
down in Richmond. 

..iS; iShf "„1^V n*^ ^^ ^°.?^ ^^"^ *^o ^'^^^ a paper to 
please the old folks as well as the boys. 

E. J. Kneitll, Stratford, Out., speaks a good word 
for the Gazette, and sends us a photo of his second 
piece of engrossing, which speaks well for him. 

G. W. Kear. Scrantoii. Pa., sends subscription in a 
letter written in the finest back-hand we, have re- 

C. M. 'Wiener, South "Whitley, Ind., says he was de- 
lighted with the premiums, and he is very enthusi- 
astic over the Gazette. 

B. M. Ilrice. alias Sunfiower, the penman. Keokuk, 
Iowa, says he is going to take the road tliis winter, 
teach Spencerian and act as agent for us. Go ahead, 
Sunflower, but look out you don't get plucked before 
you are ripe. 

IJro. Ilinraan writes us from Worcester that he i: 
getting along well, and that the next Penman's Con 
vention meets at Minneapolis. Minn., and that he 
can promise a royal time to all participants. " 
Ilinman is a hustler. 

"W. S. Chamberlain writes a fine lelter and sends 
us specimens of bis work, but forgets to send his 
subscription. Compliments don't pay our printi 
and we don't care to pay compliments fornothtr„ 
We need cash and can do" without compliments for a 

E. N. Hill, Willbraham, Mass., sends us cards, capi- 
tals and movement exercises. He says the Gazette 
is elegant. 

C. E. McKee, Columbus, Ohio, says allow me to co^n- 
pratulate you on your unprecedented success in edit- 
ing a penman's paper. The Gazette already ranks 
among the leading papers of the day. 

C. H. Pierce, of Keokuk, says we put in on brown. 

J. W, Harkins, Minneapolis, Minn., writes a fine 
hand, and sends us his subscription, etc. 

A. C. Webb. Nashville, Tenn., compliments us on 
our elegant number. 

G.C.Smalley, Manitowoc, Wis., says we should ten- 
der his compliments to our printer for the fine 
appearance of the last number. 

F. "W. II. Wiesehahn, our genial friend in St. Louis 
says the July and August numbers in appearance, 
reading matter, composition, and typography is lirsl- 

S. D. Forbes, Altoona, Pa., says the July number 

, 111., shouts Immense! 

N. Crandle, from Di 
grand ! 

Chas. McLielan, Macomb, 111., says the Gazetee is 
his favorite. 

H. W. Kibbe.Utica. N. Y.. will begin a series of 
lessons for students of penmanship in our next, em- 
bracing every variety of woik. 

P. A. Iloomatka, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says he is for 
pruhibltion. red hot. 

J. F. IJriley, Lamar. Mo. 

offered in the June Gazetti 

same, and says he will ne 


won the prize 
ises his thanks 
ithout the Ga- 

We could print another batch of compliments as 
large as thn jtbove, but we will desist from tiring our 
OthtT letters worthy of mention were re- 
ceived Irom W. J. Kinsley. Shenandoah. Iowa; C. O. 
Woodmausee. Keokuk, Iowa; T. J. Perry, Degognia 
111., who promisesaclubofiou; J.P. Hamilton Mid- 
dlepoint, Iowa; Miss Minnie Jaeger, Neosho, M •.; 11 
O. Stoll. Two Rivers, Wis.; M. Sayre, Toronto, Can.; 
W. D. Showalter, Cleveland, Ohio; J. J. Glenn, Madi- 
sonvlUe. Ky.; J. W. Howard. Athla, Ind.; G- W. 
Moore. North HanipJ;on.N. II.; S.F. Rexstrew, South 
nnaii, Ohlo;A 

F. ( 

d, Ind.; Jerome'n. Howard, Ci , 

'ox. fihick .lack Grove, Tex.; Z. P. Zaner Colun 
n.n..: I N WM,„!m.'in.Me. Providence. R. I.; 

GolkgE OoticEg, Stc. 

C. C. Curtis, of Curtis* Commercial College, sends 
" ""-ular of his two schools at Minneapolis 

, ^._^ ^ Jiusiness Col- 
lege. Lafayette. Ind.. called on us recently, and left 
with us a line circular of his school. He reports 
everything lovely, and pro8i)ect3 for au Immense 
school this winter. The best we wish him continued 

_t Rogers are sending out a fine 13-page 
circuhtr contHiiilng engravings of their actual busl- 
M i'nw-i-;, or the Metropolitan Business Col- 

"I I'l - '111 I, ,. ,Mit a fine circular. 

'■ ' ■ ' iieicial College sends out an ele- 

e.of this city openfd with 




Drake's Jersey City Business College issues a fine 
20-page circular. 
H. B. Bryant's office in this city was crowded with 
fw students when we called on a visit there during 
one ol' the pleasaalest col- 

This Is the sacerdatal front of ttie moist-eved man 
who holds down the editorial chair for (Haskell's 
magazine. This is the expression he wore while pen- 
cilling such articles as "Distorted Bl:ds." "Posing for 
Pictures." "He sobs on our neck." "Hankering for 
the earlv dawn," "Boosted into space." "Conventional 
Confab," and many other pathetic themes which 
seem to burst from his soul like mule calls released 
fr^im the bondage of winler confinement. In his 
most playful Hashes of compot^ltion, however, there 
is a subterranean current of sound ideas, and high- 
grade common sense. He says the sketches he wrote 
ago for Peek's Suti were not nearly so seri- 
experience which suggested them. The 
refrain of the harness tug on the rear deck of his bl- 
forcated garment, he so practically reviews in his 
early interviews with his pa were burning facts, 
scorching truths which were seered into memory 
and elsewhere to remain. 

Mr. S. was born beyond the line separating the 
"blue" from the "grav," but remained at home dur- 
ing the thickest ot the fray. What more couhl he 
do? He had not arrived at the period of panlhood 
yet. His first masterpieces of penmanship were em- 
blazonpd on the fiv-leavea of his father's library, and 

osaics deeply set In the backs of chair-«. etc. The 

eaaured cadence of his father's footfall, or a few 
words which smacked of paternal Ire, would always 
give him a strong craving for the open air, during 
hese arduouH wrestles with art. "When about 18 
'ears of age he took a business course under W. R 
Chambers, who was then located at Harpersvllle 

Chambers. He has ta 
iig and other coram 


iiiple of terms for 
ight penmanship, book-keep- 
rclal branches in Goodman's 
enn., Gaskell's College, and 
lis College, besides, a little ex- 
scribe,— going from hamlet to 
I valise, a diploma, a bottle of 
tenuated purse, and an appe- 
c provisions look extremely 
nve read Gaskell's Magazine 
fh can do with the pen in a 

t seen the magazine should 
V one more word—we were 
return from a vacation, and 

Those that have not 
send for it at once. I 
rushed with work on o 

we wanted liro Jack to assist us this month 
Ing our p.ii)tT. We called on him to that end, and he 
consmuj ,M:ii ('">\e;t few lines composed the whole 
''ly send over to help us out of 

I agahi and behold the editor 
ir. it seemed to us at first in a 
tip-toe stealing to his side, 
photo of a charming 

behold in one band 

young lady, in the other a'weddliig invitation 
nouncing that Emma Duniston. of Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa, and Mr. A. J. Scarlwi oiigh, of Chicago, 
HI., were to be united in the holy bauds of matri- 
mony Mil the (Ith day of October. 18S7. Poor Jack, or 
rather happy Jack, dream on, your blissful moments 
when the tedious duties evolved upon the editor of 
apenniaira,paper are forgoiten for the time being, 
and when your mind is wrestling with brighter 
visions, than those productive of editing a penman's 
paper, shall never be disturbed by us. Nay, kind 
reader we let him dream. We hopn his dreams will 
be reallz''d. ^Ye wish him all the happiness In the 
world. We hope that his humor will not abandon 
career as a benedict. Nay. more, we hope 



■ole he will become even more 
.....^..o, „o will undoubtedly be the case, when 
k will be lonely no more, but will be looked alter 
and guarded by a better half. Our congratulations. 



"The Western Penman" 


"Devoted '^' 5x-Clu&ively • to 

■Iniiht. IM>< 
llflnilila M.. 

iiorccl i tin' I' 
It poon be II- ■ 

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>r writing. T/ia table ahouid always be on (he l^ft hand side. 

This Holder hae for eomo lime been in iiee by profuseional penmen and teacher:!, and for off-hand 
rnamentnl worlt, and handaome bnsinesa writing, it cannot be cqnaled. It is the only kind need by 
UBhip. Sent by rasil postpaid For 15 cents, three f »r 30 conle. Agents wauled. 

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